Dave Sattler first applied for the job of editorial cartoonist for The Lafayette Journal and Courier as a Purdue University student at the age of 19. He had been drawing cartoons for the local weekly paper The Lafayette Leader since high school. Dave graduated from Purdue in 1971 with a degree in Industrial Management. Over 49 years later Dave was still drawing cartoons for the Lafayette Journal and Courier when they decided to eliminate the editorial page which obviously included the cartoons.
Over the years Dave had built a strong readership and leadership in the Greater Lafayette community. The citizens looked to Dave for humor, direction, insight, nostalgia, and appreciate that he was not afraid to implement biting criticism when it was justified.
Through the years he has published three books of collected cartoons, “Out of the Mothballs” - 1983, “Lighter Lafayette”- 1993, and “My View from Here” - 2003. All featured comments on pivotal events in Greater Lafayette, the state, and the nation over the years.
Dave has been selected for inclusion in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 29times from 1982 to 2017.
He is a contributor to the Purdue Alumnus as well as numerous other academic publications. He frequently gives presentations for Purdue University on subject of creative thinking.
He received the Hoosier State Press Association Award for Best Editorial Cartoonist of 1996 and 2004. Dave has served as a director on many community boards including Greater Lafayette Convention and Visitors, United Way of Greater Lafayette, Wabash Center, Indiana Vocational Technical College Development, and Tippecanoe Arts Federation.
In addition to all his community involvement he is, foremost, a husband to his wife, Nancy, devoted father to his four grown children and ten grandchildren.